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Favorite Carving Wood?

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I have not seen any one talk about carving apple wood. For close to a century it was the go-to wood for saw handles. Looks a little like olive, is very tough and hard. Does not chip easily so one can get bold with their design complexity.  Not the wood for a beginner but will certainly teach you to keep your tools sharp.

I have not carved apple wood, but am thinking it probably has pretty crazy grain. Just thinking of the way apple trees grow, there are not that many straight branches, or even a main trunk. I'm guessing it probably carves like cherry, but could be way off. Straight grained cherry can be nice to carve, but when carving it gets "slippery" and you really need to get good control of your tools. A mallet is used a lot for control.

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